Munster Theatre Company (Munster Auditorium) - Lake County

Upcoming Events

Date/Time Event
02/23/2024
8:00 pm - 10:30 pm
"The Story of My Life" Musical at Towle Theater
Towle Theatre, Hammond IN
02/24/2024 - 02/25/2024
All Day
Lake County Boat Show
Lake County Fairgrounds, Crown Point IN
02/24/2024
6:00 pm - 9:00 pm
NWI Variety Open Mic by Sue and Georgia
Sip Coffee House, Hobart IN
02/24/2024
7:00 pm - 9:30 pm
Small Town - A Mellencamp Tribute Concert - Hobart
hobart art theatre, hobart IN
02/24/2024
7:00 pm - 9:00 pm
Sweet Heart Dance - East Chicago
Riley Park Social Center, East Chicago IN
02/24/2024
8:00 pm - 10:30 pm
"The Story of My Life" Musical at Towle Theater
Towle Theatre, Hammond IN
02/25/2024
11:00 am - 3:30 pm
Sunday Brunch - Munster
The Center for Performing Arts, Munster in
02/25/2024
2:00 pm - 4:30 pm
"The Story of My Life" Musical at Towle Theater
Towle Theatre, Hammond IN
02/25/2024
3:30 pm - 5:30 pm
Lions Pork Chop Dinner
Trinity Lutheran School, Hobart IN
02/25/2024
4:00 pm - 5:30 pm
Lenten Reflections Concert Series - FREE - Whiting
St. John The Baptist Church, Whiting IN
02/25/2024
5:00 pm - 7:00 pm
Lake Station Daddy Daughter Dance
American Legion Post 100, Lake Station IN
03/01/2024 - 03/03/2024
3:00 pm - 6:00 pm
Fishing & Outdoor Expo - Highland
Lincoln Center, Highland IN
03/01/2024
8:00 pm - 10:30 pm
"The Story of My Life" Musical at Towle Theater
Towle Theatre, Hammond IN
03/02/2024
12:00 am
Annual Easter Egg Hunt - Munster
St paul lutheran Church Munster, Munster IN
03/02/2024
9:00 am - 4:00 pm
Highland Spring Band Booster Craft Show
Highland Middle School, Highland IN
03/02/2024
10:00 am - 2:00 pm
Annual Volunteer Fair - Crown Point
Crown Point High School, Crown point IN
03/02/2024
8:00 pm - 10:30 pm
"The Story of My Life" Musical at Towle Theater
Towle Theatre, Hammond IN
03/03/2024
11:00 am - 3:00 pm
Dine with The Chefs Gala
Avalon Manor, Merrillville IN
03/03/2024
1:30 pm - 2:45 pm
Royal Princess Ball - Dyer
Plum Creek Center, Dyer IN
03/03/2024
2:00 pm - 4:30 pm
"The Story of My Life" Musical at Towle Theater
Towle Theatre, Hammond IN
03/03/2024
4:00 pm - 5:30 pm
Lenten Reflections Concert Series - FREE - Whiting
St. John The Baptist Church, Whiting IN
03/08/2024
8:00 pm - 10:30 pm
"The Story of My Life" Musical at Towle Theater
Towle Theatre, Hammond IN
03/09/2024
6:30 am - 1:00 pm
Kiwanis Pancake Day - Valpo
Porter County Expo Center, Valparaiso IN
03/09/2024
8:00 am
Spring Festivals And Special Events
03/09/2024
9:00 am - 3:00 pm
Lake Central Band Boosters Spring Craft Fair
Lake Central High School, st. John IN
03/09/2024
10:00 am - 4:00 pm
Maple Syrup Time at Deep River County Park
Deep River County Park, Hobart in
03/09/2024
5:00 pm - 7:00 pm
Daddy Daughter Dance - Highland
Lincoln Center, Highland IN
03/09/2024
6:30 pm - 8:30 pm
Windy City Dueling Pianos Concert
03/09/2024
8:00 pm - 10:30 pm
"The Story of My Life" Musical at Towle Theater
Towle Theatre, Hammond IN
03/10/2024
10:00 am - 4:00 pm
Maple Syrup Time at Deep River County Park
Deep River County Park, Hobart in
03/10/2024
2:00 pm - 4:30 pm
"The Story of My Life" Musical at Towle Theater
Towle Theatre, Hammond IN
03/10/2024
4:00 pm - 5:30 pm
Lenten Reflections Concert Series - FREE - Whiting
St. John The Baptist Church, Whiting IN
03/16/2024
8:00 am
Spring Festivals And Special Events
03/16/2024
9:00 am - 12:30 pm
Breakfast with the Easter Bunny - Highland
Highland High School, Highland IN
03/16/2024
9:00 am - 3:00 pm
Huge Indoor Community Garage Sale
Lincoln Center, Highland IN
03/16/2024
9:00 am - 3:00 pm
Indoor Garage Sale
Lincoln Center, Highland IN
03/16/2024
9:00 am - 11:30 am
Lowell Easter Bunny Breakfast and Fun Fest!
Lowell Middle School, Lowell IN
03/16/2024
10:00 am - 4:00 pm
Maple Syrup Time at Deep River County Park
Deep River County Park, Hobart in
03/16/2024
10:00 am - 1:00 pm
Signature Princess Party - Lowell Indiana
Signature Banquets, Lowell IN
03/17/2024
10:00 am - 4:00 pm
Maple Syrup Time at Deep River County Park
Deep River County Park, Hobart in
03/17/2024
3:00 pm - 5:30 pm
Big Band In Concert - Munster
Theater at the center, Munster IN
03/17/2024
4:00 pm - 5:30 pm
Lenten Reflections Concert Series - FREE - Whiting
St. John The Baptist Church, Whiting IN
03/22/2024
7:30 pm - 9:30 pm
Northwest Indiana Symphony Concert - Merrillville
03/23/2024
8:00 am
Spring Festivals And Special Events
03/23/2024
10:00 am - 2:00 pm
Indoor Easter Egg Hunt and Easter Bazaar
Dean & Barbara White Community Center, Merrillville IN
03/23/2024
10:30 am - 12:00 pm
Easter Egg Hunt - Highland
Wicker Park Gazebo, Highland IN
03/23/2024
11:00 am - 1:00 pm
Easter Bunny Blast - Hidden Lake Park
Hidden Lake Park, Merrillville IN
03/23/2024
11:00 am - 1:00 pm
Safety Village Easter Egg Hunt
Tri Town Safety Village, Schererville IN
03/23/2024
12:00 pm - 2:00 pm
Easter Egg Hunt - East Chicago
Washington park, East Chicago IN
03/23/2024
12:00 pm - 2:30 pm
Helicopter Egg Drop - The Crossing of NWI - Hobart
The Crossing at NWI formerly SouthLake WOrship Center, Hobart IN
03/23/2024
2:00 pm - 4:00 pm
Easter Egg Hunt - Dyer
Central Park Dyer, Dyer IN
03/28/2024
3:30 pm - 7:00 pm
Hobart Chamber Business Expo
Hard Rock Casino, Gary IN
03/28/2024
6:45 pm - 7:45 pm
Flashlight Egg Hunt - Schererville
Schererville Community Center, Schererville IN
03/30/2024
8:00 am
Spring Festivals And Special Events
03/30/2024
12:00 pm - 1:45 pm
Hobart Easter Egg Hunt
Hillman park, Hobart IN
04/06/2024
8:00 am
Spring Festivals And Special Events
04/13/2024
8:00 am
Spring Festivals And Special Events
04/13/2024
6:30 pm - 10:30 pm
Beatles in the Barn
County Line Orchard, Hobart IN
04/19/2024
5:30 pm - 10:00 pm
Kids Night Out - Schererville Parks and Rec
Schererville Community Center, Schererville IN
04/20/2024
7:00 am - 4:00 pm
Fishing Derby - Hammond
Hammond Marina, Hammond IN
04/20/2024
8:00 am
Spring Festivals And Special Events
04/20/2024
9:00 am - 3:00 pm
Highland's Spring Craft & Vendor Fair
Lincoln Center, Highland IN
04/26/2024
9:00 am - 10:00 am
Dyer Parks Celebrates Arbor Day with Tree Giveaway
Dyer City Hall, Dyer IN
04/27/2024
8:00 am
Spring Festivals And Special Events
04/28/2024
3:00 pm - 6:00 pm
Listen To Your Mother - Hobart Indiana
hobart art theatre, hobart IN
05/04/2024
8:00 am
Spring Festivals And Special Events
05/04/2024
9:00 am - 3:00 pm
Munster Car Show
Munster Pool Parking Lot, Munster IN
05/04/2024 - 05/05/2024
10:00 am - 5:00 pm
Shipshewana On The Road - Crown Point
Lake County Fair Grounds, Crown Point IN
05/11/2024
8:00 am
Spring Festivals And Special Events
05/11/2024
9:00 am - 12:00 pm
Hobart Clean Up Day
Hobart Parks Department, Hobart IN
05/17/2024
5:30 pm - 10:00 pm
Kids Night Out - Schererville Parks and Rec
Schererville Community Center, Schererville IN
05/18/2024
8:00 am
Spring Festivals And Special Events
05/18/2024
9:00 am - 3:00 pm
Huge Indoor Community Garage Sale
Lincoln Center, Highland IN
05/18/2024
9:00 am - 1:00 pm
Town Wide Garage Sale - Dyer
Pheasane Hills Park, Dyer IN
05/25/2024
8:00 am
Spring Festivals And Special Events
05/30/2024 - 06/02/2024
11:00 am - 11:00 pm
Hobart Lakefront Festival -
Festival Park, Hobart IN
06/01/2024
3:00 pm - 5:00 pm
Hobart Cardboard Regatta during Lakefront Festival
Festival Park, Hobart IN
06/04/2024
4:00 pm - 8:00 pm
Dyer Community Market
Pheasant Hills Park, Dyer IN
06/06/2024
12:00 am - 11:00 pm
Dyer Summerfest - Dyer Indiana
Pheasane Hills Park, Dyer IN
06/07/2024
12:00 am - 11:00 pm
Dyer Summerfest - Dyer Indiana
Pheasane Hills Park, Dyer IN
06/08/2024
12:00 am - 11:00 pm
Dyer Summerfest - Dyer Indiana
Pheasane Hills Park, Dyer IN
06/18/2024
4:00 pm - 8:00 pm
Dyer Community Market
Pheasant Hills Park, Dyer IN
07/02/2024
4:00 pm - 8:00 pm
Dyer Community Market
Pheasant Hills Park, Dyer IN
07/13/2024 - 07/14/2024
10:00 am - 3:00 pm
Miller Beach Garden Walk
Aquatorium at Marquette Park, Gary IN
07/16/2024
4:00 pm - 8:00 pm
Dyer Community Market
Pheasant Hills Park, Dyer IN
07/19/2024
5:00 pm - 10:30 pm
Hocus Pocus Party In the Park
Redar Park, Schererville IN
07/26/2024 - 07/28/2024
9:00 am - 11:00 pm
Pierogi Festival!
119th Street, Downtown Whiting, Whiting Indiana
07/30/2024
4:00 pm - 8:00 pm
Dyer Community Market
Pheasant Hills Park, Dyer IN
08/02/2024
5:30 pm - 10:00 pm
Kids Night Out - Schererville Parks and Rec
Schererville Community Center, Schererville IN
08/17/2024
9:00 am - 3:00 pm
Huge Indoor Community Garage Sale
Lincoln Center, Highland IN
09/07/2024
11:00 am - 5:00 pm
Festival de la Monarca Butterfly - East Chicago
Kosciuszko Park, East Chicago IN
09/20/2024
All Day
St. John Oktoberfest (Octoberfest)
St. John Evangelist Old Parish, St. John Indiana
09/21/2024
All Day
St. John Oktoberfest (Octoberfest)
St. John Evangelist Old Parish, St. John Indiana
09/22/2024
All Day
St. John Oktoberfest (Octoberfest)
St. John Evangelist Old Parish, St. John Indiana
09/27/2024
5:30 pm - 10:00 pm
Kids Night Out - Schererville Parks and Rec
Schererville Community Center, Schererville IN
10/05/2024
10:00 am - 3:00 pm
Beer, Brats, Bulbs
Aquatorium at Marquette Park, Gary IN
10/13/2024
12:30 pm - 2:00 pm
Wheelchair Inclusive Hayride
Oak Ridge Prairie Park, Griffith, IN
10/19/2024
9:00 am - 3:00 pm
Huge Indoor Community Garage Sale
Lincoln Center, Highland IN
10/25/2024
5:30 pm - 10:00 pm
Kids Night Out - Schererville Parks and Rec
Schererville Community Center, Schererville IN
10/26/2024
10:00 am - 5:30 pm
"Howl"oween In The Dunes!
Indiana Dunes State Park, Chesterton IN
11/16/2024
9:00 am - 3:00 pm
Huge Indoor Community Garage Sale
Lincoln Center, Highland IN
01/01/2025
12:00 am
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Munster Theatre Company (Munster Auditorium)

8808 Columbia Ave Munster IN 46321 United StatesWork Phone: (219) 836-3200Website: http://www.munaud.org/
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Biographical Info

The Munster Theatre Company (or MTC) is the producing organization for all theater productions based at Munster High School. Our main goal is to produce quality productions on par with the many fine regional theater groups in the area. We have received critical acclaim for our productions, with MTC audience sizes constantly growing. The theater program was reorganized during 2000 by combining the old drama club and all-school musical into a single producing organization, which puts a single face in marketing of our productions to the general public.

Theatre Company works with many other school organizations in the fine and performing arts fields. Theater represents one activity that brings together a wide variety of technical and artistic disciplines into a single venture. We apply this philosophy to bring as many different talents on each and every production. Our “sister” organization in Theater is theMunster Auditorium Staff, which makes up the other major part of the Theatre Arts at Munster. Participation is encouraged in both organizations and by taking drama and stagecraft classes offered during the school day.

TYPICAL SEASON

We generally produce three to four productions during the school year, and in the future plan Summer Stock musical productions.

The season may vary from year to year depending on the talent pool of the members of Theatre Company.

NOVICE PRODUCTION – is open only to freshman and sophomores or upperclassmen who have not appeared on Stage before. Generally, this is training production to give our least experienced actors chance to improve their skills without having to compete with experienced upperclassmen for roles. The novice production is usually a student directed play, and is not done every season.

FALL PRODUCTION – is usually a major non-musical full-scale play or a contemporary lighter musical, needing only combo-Pit orchestra or piano, with inexpensive sets, costumes, and production costs. It is a full-scale production in every sense however. A fully staged musical revue may be produced in lieu of an actual musical, or even a play depending on available talent of the Company.

WINTER PRODUCTION – is generally a non-musical play, which may be open to qualified students as a directing project. Also, guest directors from the region may be asked to direct in order to broaden the horizons of students to differing directing methods.

SPRING PRODUCTION – is almost always a major musical production with a full orchestra, large sets and costumes. It is generally more traditional show like a Rogers and Hammerstein or Lerner & Loewe style of show. We especially try to involve as many students as possible on this production from throughout the school, and even open up chorus or other roles to Junior High School or younger students if the production permits.

 

OPEN AUDITIONS

The directors cast roles for the all productions at an open audition. Students are eligible if they are in good standing (no pledge violations) and have otherwise good school citizenship. The process is very competitive, but no roles are “pre-cast”. Other non-performance opportunities exist on every production and we encourage those, who do not get cast to participate in these areas. (see Artistic/Production Staff)

ARTISTIC/PRODUCTION STAFF

Because theater is much more than performing, Theatre Company includes many opportunities for work behind the scenes from the crew level through to crew executives and directors. We encourage all members of Theatre Company to gain a broad based background by working in as many fields as possible, so actors understand set work and “techies” understand performing.

Production Staff is selected by applications taken before the production, and of course no audition is required. Executives, Assistants, and crew are chosen for their experience and ability to complete their tasks. Our sister organization, Auditorium Staff supplies many of the people for our production staff, though holding a position there does not guarantee that same position on the production staff, which is chosen for each show.

DIRECTING – Students have opportunities to direct under the director on the major musicals, or become the Student Director of a complete project either on the Winter or Novice productions, and Junior High plays. Acting Experience is very important, plus a good understanding of the backstage elements. Usually experience may be gained starting as a Production Assistant, and then later as an Assistant Director, which gives a student an insight into the workings of the directing process. Choreography, which is dance directing, and student pit conductor also is included.

SCENIC – This field covers everything from design to artistic painting to construction, so a broad base of talent is needed. We work with a wide variety of set production styles, varying from the simple to complex. Strong artistic or carpentry background will be useful in the field.

STAGE – This field is moving actors, scenery, and props on and off stage during a production. It requires precise planning of each movement, and is gained mostly by hand-on experience. Many of the Scenic crew also works on stage during performances

LIGHTING – This field is responsible for creative lighting on the production. The Technical Director coordinates the lighting and sound set-up and operation through the crew executives. Usually it is the last element of the production to be finished. Good electrical and mechanical skills needed, and experience on set-up before operation of console or follow spots is required.

SOUND – This field is responsible for the various sound and sound effects on productions. Experience in wireless microphone and mixer board use and set-up are important, plus tape recording.

HOUSE – This includes ushering, house set-up/clean-up, concession stand operation, ticket sales at the door.

COSTUME/PROPERTIES – This area includes non-scenic pieces and costumes, which may be done by different crew executives.

MAKE-UP/HAIR – This area includes preparing for, and putting on make-up prior and during performances.

POSTER/FLYERS – Designing and distributing poster/flyers throughout the area for publicity.

Some of the positions available on Production Staff are: DIRECTOR, ASSISTANT DIRECTOR, CHOREOGRAPHER, PRODUCTION ASSISTANT SCENIC DESIGNER, SCENIC/GRAPHIC ARTISTS, MASTER CARPENTER, CARPENTER, SCENIC CREW PRODUCTION STAGE MANAGER, STAGE MANAGERS, STAGE ASSISTANTS and CREW HOUSE MANAGER, ASSISTANT HOUSE MANAGER, CREW, TICKET MANAGER TECHNICAL DIRECTOR, LIGHTING DIRECTOR, ASSISTANTS SOUND ENGINEER, SOUND ASSISTANTS, TECHNICAL CREW, MAKE-UP/HAIR DESIGNER, COSTUME DESIGNER, PROPERTIES DESIGNER, BUSINESS MANAGER, POSTER PUBLICITY DIRECTOR, PROGRAM DIRECTOR, PIT CONDUCTOR, MUSICIANS, and AWARD STRUCTURE

Theatre Company tries to award students at each stage of their participation in Theatre Company, and recognize outstanding achievements as well as good basic participation over the time in Theatre Company.

 

CERTIFICATE
The MTC Certificate is given to a student who at the end of the year has completed work on their first two MTC productions at the High School level.

Equus Award

VARSITY LETTER
and
MUNSTER THESPIAN HONOR SOCIETY
The Varsity Letter recognizes significant contribution to Theatre Company that also includes induction into the Thespian  Honor Society and the requirements are:
1) Must serve two school years in Theatre Company High School at the High School level

2) Must work Five consecutive full-length productions at the High School level earning at least one thespian point per production OR Six Full-length productions; earning at least one point per production

3) MTC Summer Stock productions are counted toward the consecutive total, but not against a student’s production total if not involved in a Summer Stock show

4) Must be active for a year after any lapses in activity

5) any dropped role or assignment, according the MTC contract will count as zero points and prevent earning a Varsity Letter that season

6) New Seniors who are active ALL SEASON with exceptional effort and work may be considered for Varsity Letter without meeting normal requirements

7) Must have earned theatre Company Certificate

8) academic, conduct grades must be a “C” average, good school wide citizenship / no current pledge violations

9) Must have made a significant contribution to the theatre arts

Thespians will be initiated every year and will receive their certificate upon graduation

Honor Thespian – 60 points and outstanding service as outlined in Thespian awards guide

Best Thespian – The senior who has made the best contribution to the theater program chosen by the directors – (Best Thespian is also an Equus Award category)

OUTSTANDING ACHIEVEMENT CERTIFICATES
These are given to students who have shown some outstanding achievement during the year, which may not be classified into a trophy category awards. Also, every Equus Trophy Award Nominee receives a certificate.
EQUUS TROPHY AWARDS

These are selected by the active Theatre Company members, who have earned their HTC Certificate, and worked at least one regular season show. They vote in various categories and the five students who receive the most votes become nominees, and the student with the most votes receive the trophy. The director, to make certain that the award process in fair, oversees this process.

The Equus trophy award categories are as follows:

BEST NEW ARTIST –  Actor and Actress stage debut in a major role

BEST BUSINESS / PRODUCTION ACHIEVEMENT – posters/programs/sign board, make-up/hair, properties

Equus Award

BEST PIT MUSICIAN – orchestra pit musician

BEST SUPPORTING ACTOR – chorus, walk-on, specialty dancers

BEST SUPPORTING ACTRESS – chorus, walk-on, specialty dancers

BEST SCENIC ACHIEVEMENT- set design, scenic artistry, carpenter, scenic Technical Direction

BEST ACTOR Drama/Comedy Role-principal non-singing role (even if role is in a musical)

BEST ACTRESS Drama/Comedy Role- principal non-singing role (even if role is in a musical)

BEST ACTOR Musical Role – principal singing role

BEST ACTRESS Musical Role– principal singing role

BEST DIRECTOR – student directors, conductors, choreographers, assistant student directors, conductors

BEST THESPIAN – best senior (selected by the directors) who represent the goals and ideals of  the International Thespian (Honor) Society

OUTSTANDING THEATRE COMPANY MEMBER – best senior who served MTC during their MTC career

THEATRE COMPANY OFFICERS

Theatre Company has three officers whose prime purpose is to organize non-production activities including the Equus awards ceremony, parade cars, fund raising, represent Theatre Company interests in student government and serve as officers for International Thespian Society.

Elections are held at the beginning of each school year in September. Active Theatre Company members who participated in at least one production during the previous season are eligible to vote, except incoming freshmen. Elections are done by nomination for MTC officer in general; the three nominees who receive the most number of votes become President, First V-P, Second V-P respectively. If the nominee who receives most votes is not qualified for that office (IE a sophomore for President), then the nominee with the next highest number of votes will be President and First-VP.

PRESIDENT – Presides at Theatre Company business meetings, setting the agenda, and serving as one at the emcees at the Awards Ceremony. A senior is preferred who has officer experience; qualified juniors may be considered. Must be a Thespian member.

FIRST VICE-PRESIDENT – serves as presiding officer in absence of President, and works on specific projects assigned by sponsor or President. A senior or junior is preferred and must be a Thespian member.

SECOND VICE-PRESIDENT – serves as presiding officer in absence of President and First Vice-President, and works on specific projects assigned by sponsor or President. Any senior, junior, or sophomore (who has earned at least 10 Thespian points and should be inducted the following spring) may serve.

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